RECRUITING: New Jersey LB will visit OU

Salem, New Jersey linebacker Lamont Robinson update.

Lamont Robinson, LB, 6'2, 220, 4.6 SALEM, NEW JERSEY:

JH: How did your season go?

LR: "We had a decent season. We didn't accomplish what we wanted to accomplish because we didn't win a championship. We finished our season 7-3 and we lost in the first round in the playoffs. That was disappointing, but we had a good season in that we had a great time playing ball together and as seniors we played hard and gave a great effort in playing our last year together."

JH: What kind of stats did you have for the year?

LR: "I was in a car accident back in May and I fractured two vertebrae in my neck and one in my back. I was in a neck brace for a month and a half, but I didn't have to wear a halo. I didn't get started until five games into the season and I am not sure what my state line is, but I think it will be decent. I think I played in four-and-a-half games and I know I finished with 40 to 50 tackles, forced two fumbles and recovered one. I also had two pass break-ups. And then on offense, I ran for six touchdowns and ran for six two point conversions. I would say that I had about 300 yards rushing all together."

JH: It sounds like you are an outstanding offensive player as well?

LR: "A couple of schools like me as a fullback, but playing defense is my thing. I played middle linebacker and most colleges are recruiting me to play at that spot. Some are recruiting me across the board, but the school that gives me the best shot to play middle linebacker is the one that I am really going to look hard at."

JH: You have started to take your official visits haven't you?

LR: "I took my first official visit to Georgia this past weekend. That was a great visit and I had an awesome time. I like everything about it and there was no down point with my visit. They have great athletes, they are winning, they have great facilities, the players were super and the coaches were great. There wasn't anything that I didn't like."

JH: Do you have any other visits set up?

LR: "The only other visits that I have set a date for are Ohio State (12-10) and Oklahoma (12-17). The only other one that I am definitely sure that I will visit besides those three is Virginia."

JH: What are your thoughts on Oklahoma?

LR: "Basically, I have a great relationship with Coach (Brent) Venables. I think it is unbelievable the kind of relationship that I have with Coach Venables, considering that I have only talked to him on the phone. I have a great relationship with Coach Stoops as well. What can you say about a school that is playing for the National Championship two years in a row and for the third time since Coach Stoops has been the head coach? Oklahoma has a great tradition and they are one of the giants in college football. OU has a great school as well. What more could you ask for in a school that is playing championship football and providing a great school?"

JH: Have you ever met Coach Venables?

LR: "I got to see him once actually when I was at the Elite College Combine. That is when he got an interest in me."

JH: How does a guy living in New Jersey get so interested in schools down South and in the Midwest?

LR: "Basically, coming into high school we don't get too much press from big-time schools outside of the area. It has always been a dream of mine to play big-time college football. I have always wanted to play for national championships, play for conference championships and play in big games in front of big crowds. I want to win the Butkus Award and play so well on defense that I am considered for the Heisman Trophy.

"I have worked very hard to make sure that those colleges would be interested in me and I have been doing research on them to make sure that I know a lot about them. I have been studying Oklahoma, Georgia and Ohio State and schools like that. I am a good student 4.2 GPA and I didn't use that intelligence just on school work. I used it to gather information about those schools and get to know which schools that I liked best. Then, when those schools called I made sure that I knew something about them and developed a relationship with them. I am having a great time talking and visiting most of these schools because I have been thinking about playing for some of them for a long time."

JH: Do you have a leader at this time?

LR: "I have verbaled to Virginia and I am still excited about Virginia, even though I am going to take some visits. They are opening the door a little bit for some other players because I am taking visits, and I understand that. I am very excited about my visits, but right now I am still a commitment to Virginia."

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